"The woman has the chocolate cake."
Translation:La donna ha la torta al cioccolato.
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Most of the time : al = a + il = to the , at the
With food, "a" is used for flavorings and "di" for composition: "il gelato al caffè" is a coffee flavored ice-cream, "il gelato di soia" is the soy milk imitation, i.e. an ice-cream made of soy instead of cream. (by f.formica)
The question of whether to use masculine or feminine seems to be cleared up in this article - https://dailyitalianwords.com/?s=chocolate
Solid chocs are masculine and drinks are feminine and we really wouldn't want to get something as important as chocolate wrong :-)
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cioccolato is not an adjective, but a noun. cioccolata is hot chocolate, a beverage. cioccolato is solid chocolate, a bar of chocolate.
Quote from the Tips of the chapter Food:
Italian has three ways to express the presence of an ingredient in the name of a dish:
Dish di ingredient: the ingredient is the main or only component of the dish, e.g. "succo di limone" (lemon juice). In this case the article is never used before the ingredient.
Dish con ingredient: the ingredient is a visible component of the dish or used as garnish, e.g. "fragole con panna" (strawberries with cream). In this case a definite article can be used before the ingredient.
Dish a ingredient: the dish has been flavored with the ingredient, or tastes like the ingredient, e.g. "gelato al cioccolato" (chocolate ice cream). In this case the definite article is mandatory before the ingredient, forming an articulated preposition with a."
la torta al cioccolato means that the cake has been flavoured with chocolate.